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Orphaned himself by the sentencing of his father to debtors' prison, Charles Dickens became a strong advocate for the orphan. Pip, Biddy, Magwitch, and Estella are all orphans and suffer from not having loving parents. Their insecurities and Pip's and Estella's misjudgments as adults stem from their dysfunctional home situations. Of course, Magwitch's tragic life is a result of his being a gamin as a child who had to learn to survive by any means necessary.
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